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Justin Brayton starts Supercross title defense with a win

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Penrite Honda‰Ûªs Justin Brayton got his Australian Supercross Championship 450 (SX1) class title defence off to the perfect start at the opening round in Jimboomba, QLD, last night.

In front of a strong crowd the American won his qualifying and heat races and lead every lap of the final to beat home Australian Motocross Champion Dean Ferris and former Supercoss champion Daniel Reardon to make a strong statement to all challengers.

"My Honda 450 was amazing, everything was working well and I felt settled all day," Brayton said. "The team worked well together which is a credit to our Team Manager Jay Foreman as the team is made up of people from all over Australia and the world.‰Û
Winner Justin Brayton flanked by runner up Dean Ferris (L) and Dan Reardon. Photo: Aaryn Minerds Media
Brayton's Fellow American Gavin Faith also returned to Australia to contest the championship in the 250 (SX2) class. The American Areancross star almost held out for the win but after being off the bike for a while fitness played it's part and he had to settle for second behind Hayden Mellross.

"The final was going well; I got the holeshot and felt comfortable. I pushed hard in the opening laps and exhausted myself," Faith said. "It‰Ûªs been 5 months since I last raced and I didn‰Ûªt compose myself and it most certainly affected my overall result. That said, I am happy to walk away with a second place and take the weekends lessons into round 2.‰Û
Gavin Faith finished second in the 250 (SX2) class. Photo: Aaryn Minerds Media
Queensland young gun Jesse Dobson also rode in the 450 (SX1) class but mistakes ultimately cost him and ended the night in 12th place.

"I felt my day was going well. I am disappointed I made so many mistakes in the final as I genuinely thought I was riding well," Dobson mused. "I have taken a lot away from this weekend and will work hard going into round 2 on minimising my mistakes over 20 laps.‰Û
Jesse Dobson finished 12th overall in the 450 (SX1) class. Photo: Aaryn Minerds Media
SX1 - Final
1 Justin BRAYTON - Best Lap 49.035 (Fastest Lap)
2 Dean FERRIS - Best Lap 49.741
3 Daniel REARDON - Best Lap 49.738
4 Luke CLOUT - Best Lap 49.602
5 Todd WATERS - Best Lap 50.647
6 Nathan CRAWFORD - Best Lap 51.002
7 Dylan LONG - Best Lap 50.464
8 Cheyne BOYD - Best Lap 50.588
9 Joel WIGHTMAN - Best Lap 51.014
10 Kade MOSIG - Best Lap 50.798
11 Daniel HERRLEIN - Best Lap 51.711
12 Jesse DOBSON - Best Lap 51.098
13 Luke WILSON - Best Lap 53.994
14 Nick SCHMIDT - Best Lap 50.778
DNF Matt HAWORTH - Best Lap 54.736

SX2 - Final
1 Hayden MELLROSS - Best Lap 49.919 (Fastest Lap)
2 Gavin FAITH - Best Lap 50.069
3 Mitchell EVANS - Best Lap 50.551
4 Jay WILSON - Best Lap 50.627
5 Wilson TODD - Best Lap 50.400
6 Jackson RICHARDSON - Best Lap 50.533
7 Dylan WILLS - Best Lap 50.842
8 Aaron TANTI - Best Lap 51.175
9 Geran STAPLETON - Best Lap 51.540
10 Callum NORTON - Best Lap 51.924
11 Kyle WEBSTER - Best Lap 51.315
12 Cooper POZNIAK - Best Lap 51.951
13 Taylor POTTER - Best Lap 52.249
14 Dylan WOOD - Best Lap 53.566
15 Connor TIERNEY - Best Lap 52.351
16 Nick SUTHERLAND - Best Lap 53.539
17 Jesse MADDEN 1 - Best Lap 52.788
18 Lochie LATIMER - Best Lap 53.987
19 Jye DICKSON - Best Lap 54.690
20 Jayden RYKERS - Best Lap 52.645

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